‘Trump Force One’ hits the skies again this fall: Ex-president gets his jet back as mid-terms heat up
Donald Trump’s iconic Boeing 757 will soon be flying again after a refurbishment in Louisiana, the former president announced on Wednesday.
The ex-frontman was known to use it for his spectacular finishes at campaign stops at the 2016 track, where he was dubbed ‘Trump Force One’.
But the plane has been largely idle since its eponymous owner entered the White House in 2017.
“During my four years in the White House, I have not flown everyone’s favorite plane, the Boeing 757 on which we campaigned for our big WIN 2016,” Trump wrote on his social media app. TruthSocial.
“Now it’s been completely modernized and renovated, and looks great, all done in the Great State of Louisiana, and returning to the skies in the fall of 2022, or possibly sooner.” Be ready!’
At the end of his post, Trump linked a video that appears to show time-lapse footage of the finishing process.
The four minutes of footage shows crews working on the private jet’s engines and exterior finish, and is paired with cinematic music.
Its signature black-red-white coloring with “Trump” emblazoned in gold lettering still remains.
However, the tail, once covered with a red “T”, now bears an American flag.
Donald Trump has claimed his signature private jet will be back in the skies as soon as this fall
He shared a video on his Truth Social app showing a montage of his plane’s finishing process
Instead of a red ‘T’, Trump Force One’s tail now sports an American flag
It may be another hint that the former president is considering a third White House bid to distract from the committee’s explosive Jan. 6 investigation that alleges Trump and his allies tried to subvert democracy. .
The redesign also comes a month after Politico announced that the Biden administration had scrapped Trump’s planned redesign of Air Force One.
Trump’s proposal included a dark blue underbelly that would have led to warmer temperatures on part of the plane, an official told the outlet. The added cost of keeping the plane cool was reason enough for Biden’s staff to scrap it entirely.
It appears the company behind the work is called Landlocked Aviation, an aircraft refinishing company based in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
According to the company’s website, he has also worked on planes belonging to Delta Airlines, the United States military, and World War II planes.
After seeing little use by Trump Organization leaders during the ex-president’s first two years in office, Trump Force One sat down at Stewart International Airport in upstate New York.
The ex-president unveiled his plane a month after the Biden administration reportedly dropped Trump’s proposal to redesign Air Force One (which he is pictured sitting behind a model in 2019)
Photos obtained by DailyMail.com in January 2021 show the plane in a state of disrepair, apparently without an engine.
The report apparently angered Trump, who hit back in a statement via his Save America PAC.
“The story is fake news about my plane being ‘mothballed’ at Stewart Airfield in Newburgh, New York, because ‘I didn’t think I’d need it until 2025,’ the former president said. .
“My aircraft, a Boeing 757, is undergoing a major scheduled maintenance program, which will be completed in approximately 90 days. It will then be returned to service.
It was flown to Louisiana in November last year after its Rolls Royce engines were replaced, where KPLC reported it was being serviced at Chennault International Airport.
Trump’s Boeing 757 had remained at Stewart Airport from 2019 until November 2021
The port engine was covered in a protective coating with a new one that would have been needed
Trump asked his supporters for money to help fund the plane’s refurbishment as recently as March.
“I have to trust you won’t share this with anyone: My team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One,” he said in a fundraising email through his Save America PAC.
“The construction of this plane is secret – even the fake media doesn’t know it – and I can’t wait to reveal it to everyone.”
While the massive jet lacks the security and medical details needed to carry the leader of the free world, reports suggest Trump’s plane provided an opulent experience in itself.
Gold seat belts and bathroom fixtures, plus two bedrooms, a dining area and an entertainment system make up the interior of Trump’s plane, according to accounts.
It is unknown which part of the interior was affected by the finish.